The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) relies on international collaboration to share data and understand the global ecological impacts of ocean acidification (OA). GOA-ON membership extends across disciplines, countries, socioeconomic status, gender and ethnicity.

Pier2Peer is a scientific mentorship program that matches senior researchers with early career scientists to facilitate an exchange of expertise and to provide a platform for international collaborations.

Pier2Peer employs an adaptive and self-driven approach to capacity development with guiding principles to focus on user needs at the local, regional, national, and international level and to foster inter-regional and global collaboration.

The program officially launched during the 3rd GOA-ON Science Workshop in Hobart, Australia, May 2016.

Join Pier2Peer Today!

To become a P2P Mentor or Mentee simply follow the link and complete the short survey.

If you have any questions about the GOA-ON Pier2Peer program, please contact Mike Acquafredda at

Who is a Pier2Peer Mentor?

Returning GOA-ON participants and senior scientists are encouraged to become mentors. A Pier2Peer Science mentor should be active and engaged in ocean acidification research while at the same time sensitive to the non-traditional views of science that some students may bring to the Network.

Who is a Pier2Per Mentee?

New GOA-ON members, training workshop participants, students, and early-career scientists are eligible to be assigned a Pier2Peer Science Mentor. Pier2Peer is designed to build community among GOA-ON members and within new member groups and to provide support for new members.

Building OA Observing Capacity

Capacity building to monitor and understand the rates and effects of OA is a well-established need of the scientific community. To complement the effort of GOA-ON, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s OA International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and The Ocean Foundation (TOF), Pier2Peer offers in-person, concentrated training for highly skilled scientists in world premier OA laboratory settings.

The Matching Process

Matches are assigned using information provided during registration including scientific background, region of scientific focus, and desired skills. Participants are allowed to specify mentors/mentees they want to work with. Moreover, once matches are revealed, participants are encouraged to request an alternate or additional partner and provide additional qualifications to achieve a better match.

Match Notification: Participants are notified of their match via email containing the name(s), contact information, and country of their partner. Notification emails also include general guidelines for participants including a request to keep the program organizers copied on future correspondences so that partnership progress can be documented.

Building Partnerships: P2P partnerships provide a number of professional development opportunities including technical guidance on experiments and study design, exchange of scientific articles, share information about capacity building workshops, conference, post-doc positions, and much more!


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